Becoming a PT or PTA
Becoming a Physiotherapist
Fifteen universities offer a professional Master’s degree in physiotherapy in Canada – ten in English; five in French.
Program graduates are eligible to write the national Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) which is a requirement in most provinces to register and work as a physiotherapist.
Becoming a Physiotherapist Assistant (PTA)
Physiotherapist assistants in Canada work under the direction of a licensed physiotherapist in the provision of physiotherapy services. They receive their education in programs at a technical or community college, or a university. The programs may carry different titles including:
- Physiotherapy Assistant/Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
- Rehabilitation Assistant Program
- Therapist Assistant Program
- Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant Program
Essential Competency Profile
The physiotherapy competency profiles describe the essential knowledge, skills and attitudes required by entry-to-practice physiotherapists and physiotherapist assistants throughout their career in Canada.